Epilog
 

I began this site after a year of play, and expected to report never having been ripped off and that Internet gambling is surprisingly safe. I still say it is surprisingly safe, bat there have been incidents. There were two out-and-out ripoffs by First Live and US Sports, but each cost only $25. Then there was a $500 loss to a casino that probably had a non-randorn games -there's a 1:300 possibility of that loss being due to chance. So I cannot report that a heavy player will not be cheated, but even these three blatant ripoffs could have been avoided by sticking to the top software.

Looking back over the log, however, I'm surprised how lengthy my Beef list is. The occurrence of serious mistakes and petty sleaziness by e-casino staff stands out. These problems were rarely due to my being identified as a bonus hustler, as 1 consistently provided a big handle, sometimes more than ten times the deposit. These problems were almost always solved with well-directed emails, but they were still common enough to characterize the industry on the whole to me as pretty seedy, On the other hand, the length of the Beef list in comparison to Dairy is misleading, because Beef includes negative reports from all the sources I could find, while Dairy lists only my own experiences. When I compare only the places I've played, the industry comes out looking better.

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Rules for Split Pot Games
 
By "qualifying," I'm referring to the indispensable 8-or-Better rule. This rule states that in order for a hand to qualify to win the low, it must be equal to or lower-that is, "better" for the low than an eight high. The 8-or-Better rule ensures that players going for the low are subjected to risk, because their hand must be made by the appearance of five unpaired cards lower than nine in order to qualify for the low half of the pot. In Omaha High/Low, this prevents players who start out with A-2 from winning practically all the time (only the appearance of an A or 2 on the board could prevent them from having the nut low). The effect is similar in Seven-Card Stud High/Low, (see appendix E): It increases the quality of the game by reducing the chance of poor players stumbling into the low. Without 8-or-Better, players would more frequently catch half the pot by dumb luck after being completely outplayed for the high.

The high/low games work best for tables with six or more players. If the table gets below five or so players, the small pots, which are made smaller by splitting, tend to really dilute the excitement of the game. I allow players in the rotation to call whatever game they like, but if there are only four of us or less, I encourage them to stick to high only.
 
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